"The 4th Amendment and the personal rights it secures have a long history. At the very core stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion"
- Potter Stewart
About this Quote
In this quote, Potter Stewart is revealing the importance and historical significance of the Fourth Amendment as well as the protection of individual legal rights it supplies. He highlights the fundamental right of people to seek sanctuary within their very own houses, without any unreasonable interference or intrusion by the federal government. The quote highlights the significance of safeguarding individual privacy as well as autonomy against possible federal government overreach or abuse of power.
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